cycling, ethics, sport - pro

Lance Armstrong: Enough is enough.

Lance Armstrong:

AUSTIN, Texas – August 23rd, 2012 – There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now.

I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart’s unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense. …

… Lance Armstrong says he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a surprising decision that sets the stage for the cyclist to be stripped of the Tour de France titles that turned him into an American hero. …

Armstrong refuses arbitration; faces sanctions

I’ve clung to hope that Lance is actually innocent, despite the dozens of top Tour riders of his era found guilty.

Ben Johnson, the sprinter, was a doper. Stripped of the Olympic Gold in the 100m in Seoul.

Coach Charlie Francis had all his athletes, including Ben, doping. Charlie claimed most of the top guys of the era were — including Carl Lewis.

Ben was retroactively stripped of his 1987 World Record — a mistake, I thought. Going back in history to re-test under new protocols is unfair. Unethical.

I’m sympathetic of Lance’s position.

2 thoughts on “Lance Armstrong: Enough is enough.”

  1. Were a huge proportion of cyclists in Lance’s Tours doping as well, certainly. I don’t believe we’re ever going to find a clean winner to award the results to and feel good about ourselves and I don’t really see that as the point of the exercise.

    However it’s worth noting that just because others were also doping doesn’t mean we can just assume it was a level playing field and crown Lance the best cyclist. Teams will have different doping regimes and certainly most of the evidence seems to point towards the US Postal one being probably the most sophisticated and best funded in the peloton. Also different people respond differently to EPO and other performance enhancing drugs. Lance may just have been an above average cyclist with a well funded regime and a body exceptionally receptive to certain steroids, the tragedy of the whole affair is that we’ll never know.

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